Traveling is not as easy as it seems. The biggest worry though remains to be the high cost of the air ticket. The airfares vary considerably according to the different classes. Being an avid traveler for many years, I can now safely term myself as an expert. Friends and family members consider me a nomad more or less. Since I have flown with a lot of airlines including Emirates, Etihad, Cathay Pacific, United Airlines, Singapore airlines, Air India, British Airways, Air Berlin, Thai airways and Turkish airways, I have learned with experience how discounts on airline flight tickets can be managed. Today I have compiled some of the best method ways to bag discounts on business class as well as economy class.
1. Fly off season
The most common and obvious way to bag discounts on airline flight tickets is to simply fly off season. Airlines hate to take off with empty seats so they are willing to offer significant discounts at the last minute. Be on the lookout for last minute discounts.
2. Opt for a budget airline
Going for fancy brand names means higher airfares. Budget airlines don’t always offer discounts but they do offer the most competitive rates.
3. Land away from your destination
Landing at Chicago O’Hare International airport would be pricier as opposed to landing at a less busy and smaller airport away from the city. The hassle of going to an alternate airport may seem a big thing now but it hardly matters later when you are saving a significant amount of money.
4. Shop Online
In this era, technology and internet has taken over. People are a lot more self-reliant than before. Online you can bag multiple deals and discounts, provided you look at the right places and invest time and effort into the process.
5. Buy or earn Airline miles
Airline miles are one of the most foolproof ways to getting discounts. Redemption of airline miles on air tickets is very common now. Before you purchase a flight, make sure you have enough miles saved so that you feel a big difference upon redemption.
6. Profession discounts
Some airlines offer discounts to students while others award discounts to army men, doctors or professors. Some airlines have also been known to provide discounts to senior citizens.
1. Off season traveling
Years and years of traveling has taught me that more or less the same tips apply when it comes to getting discounts on business class tickets. Off season traveling helps bring down the cost no matter which class you are traveling on.
2. Airline Miles
Business class is expensive so it needs all the miles that you can gather to be able to make difference in the price. Upgradation to business class using miles is another easy and convenient way for getting a cheap ticket.
3. Elite Credit Card
Elite credit cards like American Express Platinum and Chase Sapphire offer excellent discounts to holders so it is a good idea to have one.
4. Fly on the weekend
Business class is mostly used by businessmen who generally fly on weekdays. Weekend is when you can find empty seats and good discounts as airlines are looking for passengers.